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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of usurping, especially the wrongful seizure of royal sovereignty.
  • n. A wrongful seizure or exercise of authority or privilege belonging to another; an encroachment: "in our own day, gross usurpations upon the liberty of private life” ( John Stuart Mill).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The wrongful seizure of something by force, especially of sovereignty or other authority.
  • n. Trespass onto another's property without permission.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of usurping, or of seizing and enjoying; an authorized, arbitrary assumption and exercise of power, especially an infringing on the rights of others; specifically, the illegal seizure of sovereign power; -- commonly used with of, also used with on or upon.
  • n. Use; usage; custom.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of usurping; the act of seizing or occupying and enjoying the place, power, functions, or property of another without right; especially, the wrongful occupation of a throne: as, the usurpation of supreme power.
  • n. In law: Intrusion into an office or assumption of a franchise, whether on account of vacancy or by ousting the incumbent, without any color of title.
  • n. Such intrusion or assumption without lawful title.
  • n. The absolute ouster and dispossession of the patron of a church by presenting a clerk to a vacant benefice, who is thereupon admitted and instituted; intrusion. Use; usage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. wrongfully seizing and holding (an office or powers) by force (especially the seizure of a throne or supreme authority)
  • n. entry to another's property without right or permission

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